IDSA and the IDSA Education and Research Foundation offer awards to individuals to honor outstanding achievements in the field of infectious diseases.
Alexander Fleming Award
The Alexander Fleming Award is granted in recognition of a career that reflects major contributions to the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge about infectious diseases.
Herbert L. DuPont, MD, FIDSA, is one of the world’s foremost experts in infectious diarrheal diseases. Dr. DuPont is chief of internal medicine at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston and a professor at the University of Texas-Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the University of Houston’s College of Pharmacy. Through his seminal work on the pathogenesis, epidemiology, host immunology, diagnosis, prevention, and therapy of infectious diarrheal illnesses, Dr. DuPont has enriched our understanding and practice of medicine throughout the world, especially in the area of enteric diseases.
Oswald Avery Award
The Oswald Avery Award recognizes outstanding achievement in an area of infectious diseases by an individual member or fellow of IDSA who is 45 or younger.
Eleftherios Mylonakis, MD, PhD, FIDSA, is a physician-scientist recognized for his research on microbial pathogenesis and host-pathogen interactions. Dr. Mylonakis is associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mylonakis’ work is based on the hypothesis that identification of genes involved in bacterial-host interactions, but independent of the specific model system used to characterize this interaction, would preferentially identify genes relevant to pathogenesis.
Walter E. Stamm Mentor Award
The Mentor Award was created to recognize individuals who have served as exemplary mentors and is presented to an IDSA member or fellow who has been exceptional in guiding professional growth of infectious diseases professionals.
The Mentor Award is being renamed this year in honor of former IDSA president Walter E. Stamm, MD, FIDSA, who died in December 2009 and was renowned for mentoring both basic laboratory and epidemiologically trained researchers.
Jack S. Remington, MD, FIDSA, is a well-known researcher on toxoplasmosis and on opportunistic infections in immunologically impaired patients. Dr. Remington is professor emeritus of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at Stanford University, and the Marcus A. Krupp Research Chair emeritus and past chairman of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Research Institute of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. In his 45 years as a clinician, researcher, and teacher, Dr. Remington has mentored more than 60 fellows in infectious diseases.
The Society Citation is a discretionary award given in recognition of exemplary contribution to IDSA, an outstanding discovery in the field of infectious diseases, or a lifetime of outstanding achievement in a given area—either in research, clinical investigation, or clinical practice.
John G. Bartlett, MD, FIDSA, is an internationally renowned authority on AIDS and many other infections. Dr. Bartlett is a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Bartlett is recognized for being the first to direct clinical trials in Baltimore of new treatments that prevent HIV from replicating, as well as for pioneering the development of dedicated inpatient and outpatient medical care for HIV-infected patients. Dr. Bartlett is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a master of the American College of Physicians, past president of IDSA, and a recipient of the Kass Award from IDSA. In 2005, Dr. Bartlett was awarded the Alexander Fleming Award by IDSA and the Finland Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
Theodore C. Eickhoff, MD, FIDSA, is an advocate for adult immunization and professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver. Dr. Eickhoff’s interests include influenza and viral respiratory diseases, vaccines and adult immunization, and the epidemiology and control of nosocomial infections. He has served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the American Hospital Association, and has served on each of the federal committees that deal with vaccines, including CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Vaccines Advisory Committee. He is a former secretary and past-president of both IDSA and the American Epidemiological Society.
Clinical Teacher Award
The Clinical Teacher Award honors a career involved in teaching clinical infectious diseases to fellows, residents, or medical students and recognizes excellence as a clinician and motivation to teach the next generation.
Adolf W. Karchmer, MD, FIDSA, is an established expert in the diagnosis and treatment of infective endocarditis and diabetic foot infections. Dr. Karchmer is professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and attending physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he supervises internal medicine and infectious disease teaching of medical students, interns, residents, and fellows. Highly admired by his peers, Dr. Karchmer actively consults on hospitalized patients and is called upon to provide second opinions for challenging cases, in particular those involving infective endocarditis, implantable devices, and osteomyelitis. His seminal work on infections in the diabetic foot popularized the concept of “probing the bone” as an inexpensive, readily available, and sensitive method to detect osteomyelitis. During the past 40 years, he has trained numerous physicians, gaining the recognition of his trainees and colleagues.
Watanakunakorn Clinician Award
Named to honor the memory of Dr. Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, this award is given annually by the IDSA Education and Research Foundation to an IDSA member or fellow in recognition of outstanding achievement in the clinical practice of infectious diseases.
Marvin J. Tenenbaum, MD, FIDSA, has practiced as a full-time clinical infectious disease specialist for more than 30 years. Dr. Tenenbaum is a clinical assistant professor at New York University Medical Center. His peers describe him as “the best doctor, an excellent teacher, and a compassionate, caring, warm, and highly respected individual.” Despite being in a very busy private practice, Dr. Tenenbaum has been actively involved at IDSA, having co-authored two important papers on the business aspect of infectious diseases and the value of the infectious disease specialist. He served as a member of the Clinical Affairs Committee from 1999 to 2002 and then as a chairman from 2003 through 2005.
The awards were presented during the Opening Plenary Session at the 48th Annual Meeting of IDSA in Vancouver on Oct. 21. More information about this year's Society Award winners is available online.
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